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Fernandinho fires 'wild' warning to Chelsea captain

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Shakhtar Donetsk vice-captain Fernandinho has fired a warning to Chelsea's players ahead of tonight's Champions League clash in Ukraine, saying he would go "wild" if anyone used racist language in front of him.

The 27-year-old Brazilian midfielder was speaking in light of John Terry's £220,000 fine, and four-game domestic ban by the English Football Association, for racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand in October 2011.

Blues skipper, Terry, began his suspension in the 4-2 Premier League victory over Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Saturday, but is free to lead Roberto Di Matteo's side out into European battle tonight.

"If someone was ever racist towards me, I would go wild," Fernandinho told The Sun. "But I'm happy to say I've never suffered such an act in my time playing in Brazil or Ukraine.

"In my opinion, if someone commits such a crime, it should be very severely punished. Racism in football is one of the most unpleasant things in our time."

Turning his attention to the challenge that lies ahead, the Shakhtar star is expecting a difficult test against the Champions League holders, but remains confident about their chances of victory against Chelsea, both tonight, and in the return leg at Stamford Bridge.

Fernandinho went on to state that there is a belief amongst the players they can win the whole competition.

"We know we will have a very hard game but we will beat Chelsea in both games," he said. "Beating Chelsea at home will give us a better chance to qualify for the last 16.

"We all believe we will reach the finals and win the Champions League this year — and beating the defending champions will show everyone how far we have come."

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